International Corruption

Debevoise is a recognized leader in anti-corruption and anti-bribery matters, leveraging deep expertise and experience to assist clients in all aspects of compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”), UK Bribery Act (“UKBA”) and similar laws. This international corruption work ranges from providing concrete and practical advice on discrete business issues to much larger assignments. Engagements include: (i) conducting risk assessments, enhancing compliance programs and providing training; (ii) performing anti-corruption and anti-bribery due diligence in connection with mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactions; (iii) conducting internal investigations of potential wrongdoing; and (iv) defending companies and executives in connection with prosecutorial inquiries and enforcement actions. The firm is ranked in Band 1 in Chambers Global in both “Anti-Corruption – Global-wide” and “Corporate Investigations – Global-wide.”

In just the past few years, Debevoise has assisted companies large and small in dozens of internal investigations and with inquiries by governmental authorities in the U.S., the UK and elsewhere relating to the FCPA, UKBA and other relevant laws, and has provided advice to many more. Debevoise supports companies in developing risk-based compliance programs, recognizing that one size does not fit all, and in training employees on relevant policies and best practices. Debevoise regularly advises companies on how best to address real-world compliance issues that arise in the transactional context, having developed and fine-tuned different strategies for rapidly identifying potential red flags and for resolving such red flags as best as possible. Debevoise’s representations involving international corruption have spanned six continents and a broad range of industries, including construction and infrastructure, consumer goods, energy, oil and gas, financial services and investment banking, insurance, media, medical devices and pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications.

Additionally, Debevoise lawyers regularly publish articles and speak publicly on a broad array of anti-corruption and anti-bribery matters. The firm publishes a monthly FCPA Update, which recently received the Burton Award for best law firm newsletter.